Today Kelly spoke to the media for the first time since his Fighting Irish lost to Alabama in the BCS title game.
Kelly was asked a number of questions this morning, including ones about his flirtation with the Philadelphia Eagles, an organization he interviewed with when it had a head coaching vacancy.
Naturally there was a lot of uncertainty from Notre Dame players, among others, as to just how committed Kelly was to coaching the Fighting Irish in the near and long term.
“They wanted to know if I was going to be their coach,” explained Kelly when talking about what he told his players. “I am going to be their coach for a long time.”
Kelly says he’s planning on staying at Notre Dame for the foreseeable future.
“It’s not what I want to do,” said Kelly regarding coaching in the NFL. “I want to be a college football coach.”
In hindsight, Kelly admitted he should have come out and addressed his situation with the Eagles. As Kelly put it, he should have been more “sensitive” with regard to the delay between the interview with the Eagles and his decision to stay at Notre Dame.
Currently he and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick are working on a contract extension although Kelly says nothing is imminent regarding that subject.
As for the NFL, Kelly put any aspirations to coach at the highest level on hold for now.
Kelly claims that it’s now “easy for me to say no” to the NFL moving forward after his experience with the Eagles.
Whether he entertains NFL offers in the future remains to be seen, but you know the NFL will come calling as long as Kelly’s Fighting Irish continue winning, which they’re expected to do.
Doug Griffiths is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Doug is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ISLgriffiths and Facebook.